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September 2009 Blog Posts (20)

Saving money on a move to Perth...

Like many Brits looking to escape, Michael Gregory and his family wanted a better lifestyle. “I emigrated with my wife Lesley and two children last year – we’d spent a while thinking about moving to Perth. We were looking to improve our lifestyle and the lifestyle of the children. We’re a sport mad family and there’s plenty here.”

The weather was also a big attraction. “Climate was, without doubt, a major factor. The weather’s fantastic here and on Sundays all the families come down… Continue

Added by Moneycorp on September 28, 2009 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Rental Properties in Australia

If anyone out there is looking for a rental property in Australia or would like some information. Just send me an email and I will be able to help you out.

Added by helen heyes on September 27, 2009 at 1:24 — 4 Comments

Priority changes to Australian skilled migration visas

Hi everyone,

Many of you will no doubt be aware of the changes to the processing times for skilled migration visas.

Read our coverage here -, but if anyone has been affected under the new rules, let us know.


Added by John on September 25, 2009 at 12:36 — 7 Comments

Sunshine Coast Bush Fire...

A couple of weeks ago on a Saturday night, I had just donned my pyjamas and removed my contact lenses in favour of my thick and unattractive glasses, when the evening suddenly turned from a comfy night in front of the TV, to an action packed adrenaline rush of madness.

No sooner had I got the children in their beds, than I received several text messages from my friends… telling me to look out of my window… So once I had unpacked the dishwasher, clipped my toenails and organised the… Continue

Added by Vicky Gray on September 25, 2009 at 3:49 — No Comments

Looking for contributions for the magazine

Hi everyone,

We're looking for your help with holiday stories about Victoria, Australia. We will feature a selection of the best stories in a forthcoming issue of Australia & New Zealand magazine, so if you are interested, get in touch!
It could be anywhere in Victoria - Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, Gippsland or the Otway Ranges.

If you are interested then send your entry, together with a photo of yourself in Victoria to -

Added by John on September 24, 2009 at 13:10 — No Comments

The game is afoot

Well, there you go ... after all the disappointment over the house price and plumetting exchange rate, a contact I made in Oz has popped up and offered me a permanent job. So, we're currently in the middle of negotiating it all but essentially I'd be going over in January and working on a client site in Sydney which means I'd be back to living out of a hotel but that means they'd be picking up the tab for food, accomodation etc.

The wife would stay here to finish off the remaining… Continue

Added by John on September 22, 2009 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Advice needed on changing skill visa to a state sponsored visa

Hi their everyone just after advice if anyone knows if the advice from my agent is 100% true or are they just after more money. The thing is that my wife and i applied for our skilled visa in November 08 but like every one else it has been delayed till July 2010 before they will even look at it but last week my agent phoned saying that if we change and go state sponsored we should be there with in 8 months from now. Hard to believe but if thats 100% true it seems mad now changing it. Any advice… Continue

Added by ianandleeanna on September 17, 2009 at 19:00 — 8 Comments


Hi everyone!!

I've finally got my IELTS test booked for 24thg October. After buying a practice book, my fears are worse than ever!!! It appears really complicated and i'm sure I will fail it 1st go!!! As a nurse I have to sit the academic test...typical this is the harder test!!! Any tips as this could get to be really expensive????

Please help!!!!

Steph x

Added by Stephanie Bennett on September 14, 2009 at 22:04 — 14 Comments

sold at long last!!!!

hi every one, keith here, my house has finally sold now i can finally start to concentrate on my move to perth next july/august and be with my brother and sister inlaw. I CANNOT WAIT!!!!

Added by keith edward millward on September 13, 2009 at 17:31 — No Comments

The Aussie Dream

Myself and my husband run our own Mind Body Spirit business selling products on line, at exhibitions and at our shop. Check out our site at also facilitate workshops and therapies.
We are working hard to build the business up to support a move in the future on a business visa. We would love to continue what we are doing as it is so rewarding.
Anyone experienced this themselves??? Looking forward to chatting. :-)

Added by Anita Searby on September 10, 2009 at 9:50 — No Comments

What has happened to the exchange rate !!!!

When I visited the "Down under live" in London October 2008 - They were all still reeling after the Ozzie dollar hit an exchange rate of 2.6 to the pound. Looking at the exchange rates in September 2009 we've hit 1.91.

We are planning on moving to Adelaide in December and have about 6 months from our entry date to change our money (without incurring the wraith of the Ozzie taxman).

If you trace the trend of the exchange rate over the past 5 years… Continue

Added by Steve Watson on September 9, 2009 at 22:50 — 2 Comments

how long to wait??????????

passed tra this week, got straight to state sponsorship application 176 visa, thats gone today. so anyone know how long now? my job is on modl list for WA, its a 60 point position. please cheer me up.

Added by john on September 8, 2009 at 21:01 — 3 Comments

Changing Driving Licences to Australian

Hi! After reading several pieces of information and other peoples comments, it appears that you have to switch your British Driving Licence to Australian within 3 months of obtaining your visa. Can anyone shed some light on this information please? What happens if you can't get over there in the 3 months, or your house hasn't sold, or the timings not right to leave within the 3 months stated? What happens then? Would you have to complete a full driving test again then if its over 3 months???… Continue

Added by Stephanie Bennett on September 8, 2009 at 15:55 — 3 Comments

Bank accounts

Hi, moving to Brisbane in 3 weeks time and have been looking at banks. I've been on comparison sites and there are so many that simply honing it down to the top rates, leaves banks and building societies that I've never heard of. I've no idea about their reputation and how widespread they are, etc.

So I wonder if anyone could recommend a bank that provides reasonable rates but is widespread so I can find a branch and has a good reputation. What would be great is if they had a good… Continue

Added by lisa dyer on September 8, 2009 at 13:40 — 4 Comments


Hi Catherine, yes we have sold the house and if all goes well will be leaving for Melbourne mid Jan !!!!!

Added by Lesley Jennings on September 7, 2009 at 23:08 — 1 Comment

Still Looking for Friends to chat to...

Hello Out there.......

We are still looking for people to make friends with to chat with in Australia......

Added by Douglas N Mclaren on September 6, 2009 at 17:21 — No Comments

Moving to Perth WA

Hi hoping to move to Perth WA in 2013 with my husband and 2 boys, any advice would be gratefully received. Thanks

Added by Laura Balling on September 5, 2009 at 21:15 — 3 Comments

I'm seeking employer sponsored work in Australia or New Zealand

My summary :

1. I have had more than 10 years experience in sales, marketing, business development, event planning and management and project management fields;

2. Successful and diverse background spanning sales, marketing, events management, business development and project management disciplines which underscores expertise in engaging decision makers and winning goals for companies;

3. Skilled in optimizing team’s dynamics, uniting diverse agendas to a common goal, and… Continue

Added by Seve Planas on September 4, 2009 at 11:26 — No Comments

House Sale

Hi Catherine, we have sold our house at last after 14 months so there is hope! Just waiting til tomorrow to find out if chain is viable as our buyer's buyer has to get mortgage approved and it's happening tomorrow. All so exciting but can't get too carried away yet as if this mortgage not approved, back to square 1 for our buyer. Have you had any joy yet? Lesley

Added by Lesley Jennings on September 3, 2009 at 10:36 — 2 Comments


Well we have finally sold our house after 14 months of hoping. Just got to wait now for the buyer of our house to have their buyer's mortgage approved and we have a viable chain. Will find out on Friday if all OK so fingers crossed. Looks like we may get there by early 2010 just in time for summer!
Very excited but also very scared. Anyone else nearer their goal yet?

Added by Lesley Jennings on September 3, 2009 at 10:35 — 2 Comments

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